How to know God’s path for your life

It isn’t that hard to know what God wants you to do with your life. It’s all about listening and paying attention.

Years ago I walked out my back door and found myself in a crumpled heap because my knee had given way. It scared me. But it was a clear warning sign.

I had to do something about my health. I was huffing and puffing going up and down stairs. I needed painkillers to get to sleep at night because of pain in my hips. And I was overweight, approaching obesity.

So I started walking the next morning. I got up 15 minutes earlier . . . and I decided to “take care of prayer” during my walk. I would pray for my marriage, my kids, my job.

Then one morning I saw a young man hand over his blanketed little girl to the daycare worker on the sidewalk. She said, “Bye, Daddy. I love you.”

And I knew right then that God had me out on the streets of my community less for the my-ness of my prayers but more for the needs of others. So I began opening up my eyes to see the needs of my community and praying for them.

It was a CALL on my life: to pray for my town.

It was my PATH . . . to walk and to pray.

There are other ways God can convey his will to us. God’s call to me to teach came as a result of a nightmare–seeing children dying in a fire. God’s call to me to write came as a result of his words to me while sitting on a rock at a women’s retreat: “I want you to write for me.” God’s call can also come through the reading of his Word.

The most important thing is to pay attention, listen, and pursue that call.

Janet McHenry is a national speaker and the author of 24 books–six of those on prayer, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would love to speak about prayer or prayerwalking for your church.

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